Oct 4, 2004

10,000 more TAFE places for NSW under Labor

10,000 more TAFE places for NSW under Labor

Joint Media Release:
Jenny Macklin – Deputy Federal Labor Leader, Shadow Minister for Employment, Education and Training
Anthony Albanese MP – Shadow Minister for Employment Services and Training

4 October 2004

Labor will today release its full skills policy which includes an extra 36,000 TAFE and training places, including at least 10,000 more places for New South Wales by 2009.

These new places will ease the skills crisis confronting key industries and give more Australians the chance to learn a trade.

Labor’s extra places will deliver more mechanics, plumbers, child care and aged care workers, fitters and turners, electricians and other skilled workers that Australia desperately needs.

This commitment will give at least 10,000 more people in New South Wales the chance to get a TAFE or training qualification.

That means a more secure future for those who would otherwise have missed out on a TAFE or training place. Australians without a TAFE or university qualification are more than twice as likely to be unemployed as those with further training.

The Howard Government will not fund any new TAFE places even though thousands of students miss out on a TAFE place every year.

After implementing cuts to TAFE in real terms since 1997, the Government has a promise for 24 privately run technical colleges that will charge upfront fees and aims to have only 7,000 students in undisclosed locations after 2008.

It is a tragic waste of talent that around 15,000 school leavers missed out on a TAFE place last year because of inadequate funding from the Howard Government.

Australia needs more skilled workers to fill existing and future skills shortages and remain internationally competitive.

Labor’s skills policy provides the TAFE and training places needed to meet this challenge.